NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Donelson Christian Academy (DCA), a private school with more than 850 students located on the banks of the Stones River, had nine portable classrooms and its main building flooded as a result of last weekend’s torrential rain.
After requests from the headmaster’s administrative assistant, Deleen Cooper, DCA moved its students and operations into two Tennessee Baptist churches in the Donelson area, located in metropolitan Nashville.
First Baptist Church in Donelson, which previously housed the school during a 1984 flood, was requested to become the site for the preschool, extended daycare and the DCA administrative office.
“We have many of our church members’ children who attend school at DCA, and we have church members who have worked there as teachers, librarians and other staff,” said James Cross, senior pastor of First Baptist in Donelson, which received minor flood damage. “We have a long relationship with the school. When the DCA assistant called my secretary May 3 to ask about the possibility of using our church facilities, we said come on by the church and evaluate it for your needs.”
Two Rivers Baptist Church, where Cooper is a member, readily became the site for the DCA middle and high schools. Scott Hutchings, Two Rivers Baptist executive pastor, said, “We just wanted to help out a local school that was flooded and share the love of Christ.”
Hutchings said he called fellow church member Eddie Lewis, who is a DCA board member, to offer help from Two Rivers Baptist since students in the church attended the school.
“Even in a disaster such as the flood of 2010, it has been rewarding to see God’s people come together to assist our school in the time of great need,” said Daniel Kellum, headmaster at DCA, citing the graciousness of the churches. “We praise God for all of our friends, and the way He protected the school and its people throughout this time.”
Marcia Knox is a staff writer for the Baptist and Reflector, newsjournal of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.